Monday, August 18, 2008

It makes sense, really ...

... if you're old enough to die in Iraq, you should be old enough to have a beer if you want. Heck, if you're going to vote in this upcoming election, you might want to have a drink or two before you cast your vote as it is! Of course, this is predicated on the fact that you exercise enough common sense to NOT drink and drive, and possibly text message at the same time (see blog entry immediately below), and that you understand what the word "moderation" means.

Ironically, where I live ... they're currently proposing to lift the blue laws (yes, we still legislate morality where I live) and sell alcohol on Sundays. This means that while 18 year olds can vote for the change, they can't benefit from it. While I can understand the sentiment of MADD, I don't think they're correct. Whatever happened to parents talking to their kids?


Philip H. said...

Mojo Nixon had a song about that in the early 90's. His lyric, which I absolutely love was this:

Another thing that's getting on my nerves is this national 21 drinking age . . . if you are under 21 . . . you can married and screw yourself up really god, but you can't buy a beer; you can vote for one fool or another, but you can't buy a beer. And who do you think they will be drafting, 18 and 19 year olds, but you can't buy a beer . . . "

Americans have made alcohol such a problem that it actually saddens my European friends. If we just taught our kids how to drink responsibily . . . but that takes work.

Thomas Joseph said...

I agree Phil. It basically comes down to responsibility. If there is one thing that concerns me greatly in this day and age, is that I swear a lot of people just walk around with the attitude that they're just not responsible ... for anything. Heck, if you ask me, that's the vibe I get from our current Administration.

You can't just wing life. Too many people try to though.